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Access to Science

access to science 

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University provides visitors with autism the opportunity to experience the museum in a secure and comfortable environment. The museum provides specific tools and tactics, such as museum stories, to help plan your visit.

As you plan your visit to the museum, some of the best times to visit are the afternoons after 1:00 p.m. as the museum is quieter for you and your family. The Academy also offers Access to Science events when the museum is open only for visitors with autism. These are scheduled at different times each year. Our next event is Sunday, January 20, 9-11 a.m. 

Preregistration is required (same-day registration is available onsite). If you would like to attend, please contact our visitor services department at 215-299-1060 or Please provide the following information: contact name, email, phone, total number of attendees, number of children and their ages. To ensure a positive experience, space is limited!

Upcoming Access to Science Dates:

  • Sunday, January 20, 2019
  • Saturday, February 23, 2019
  • Sunday, April 7, 2019

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Pre-Visit Materials

Museum Stories for Exhibits

Museum Stories describe the Academy’s exhibits from a child’s perspective. They are built to help you and your child choose the exhibits you want to see ahead of your visit. The stories, specifically designed for children with developmental disabilities, include visual elements and easy–to-follow narratives. Some of the stories come in two versions, or levels. Level 1 stories are designed for younger children or children considered to be low-functioning, while the Level 2 stories are best for older or high-functioning children. The Museum Stories are appropriate for any child who is interested in knowing about the exhibits.

Stories and maps are available at the admissions desk as well as in the downloadable PDF format below.

This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museums and Library Services and UnitedHealthcare.

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